Originally called Davenport Golf Club, Stockport Golf Club's history dates back to 1905 when a 9-hole course at Woodsmoor was laid out for the members.
In 1908, a more suitable site at Torkington was identified, and the following year a new course opened for play, designed by 1902 Open Champion and Huddersfield professional, Sandy Herd.
The golf course was used for cadet training and agriculture during the First World War, but Harry Colt was called in after hostilities ceased to restore and improve the original layout.
The course today measures less than 6,400 yards from the back tees, but it represents a fine golfing test just as Harry Colt may have envisioned more than a century ago. Testament to its challenge, Stockport Golf Club has been used regularly by the R&A for Open Championship Regional Qualifying.
Lovely parkland track well worth a visit with some great holes and superb condition usually
At Stockport Golf Club you will find a moderately undulating mature parkland course that will ask tough questions of every part of your game.
The first five holes are a real test; the 463-yard par four opener and the stroke-index one fourth in particular. The middle section of the layout provides the best opportunity to improve your scorecard with three par fives (holes 6, 9 and 12) in the space of just six holes. However, in this mix you also have the treacherous par-three eighth and the demanding tenth.
The eighth hole is worthy of special mention. Played slightly downhill I wouldn’t normally be a fan of a par-three that is closely bordered by out-of-bounds at both sides and behind the green but it actually works really well here. However, it is the sloping green that falls from front-to-back and left-to-right, in an almost reverse-redan fashion, that makes it so good. Despite maxing out at 201 yards it is effectively a par 3 ½ hole!
The real strength of Stockport lies in the options it presents from the tee; on a number of occasions you can chose to play safe to a wider part of the fairway or risk a longer club but risk flirting with bunkers or trees. The greens are also really well protected by bunkers and with glassy greens all departments of your game need to be in good working order to score well at this delightful Cheshire course.
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